Academic Program

Public Policy

Requirements and Recommendations

The minor in Public Policy may be taken together with a Course or Honors Examination major in any field or as a minor in the Honors program. At a minimum, the minor consists of six credits and an internship. The program of each concentrator should be worked out in consultation with the Coordinator of the Public Policy Program and approved by the Coordinator, preferably at the same time as majors in the Course and Honors Programs are planned.

The Public Policy minor consists of 6 credits of work. Basic academic requirements for the minor cover three areas:

  1. economic analysis,
  2. political analysis
  3. quantitative analysis.

These may each be met by taking one course or seminar in each of the three categories; courses that fulfill these requirements are listed on the courses page.

In addition to these three preparatory or prerequisite courses, three credits must be taken from among the substantive policy courses listed, one of which must be the Public Policy Thesis. These courses deal with substantive sectors and institutional aspects of public policy analysis. The substantive policy requirement may be fulfilled through courses and seminars. Only one credit of a two credit seminar can be counted toward the Public Policy requirements. Please note that seminars are limited in size and that most departments give priority to departmental majors and minors, so Public Policy concentrators might not be admitted. In addition, students should take into account course prerequisites when planning the minor program.

Areas of Policy Focus

Some students may wish to focus their substantive work in policy heavily in a particular field, e.g. environmental studies, food studies, welfare issues, health, or education. The College generally does not offer interdisciplinary majors; rather it urges students to undertake interdisciplinary work in concentrations in addition to their major field. It is possible, however, to do broad work in some interdisciplinary areas taking courses that fit the Public Policy concentration as well as additional courses that support the culminating policy thesis.